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Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall was thrown into the public eye after a messy divorce and a very public dispute with Princess Diana.
But, since her marriage to Prince Charles she has won the hearts of the nation and has fulfilled her duties within the Royal Family without complaint for 17 years and counting.
She and Charles were married in a civil ceremony – a first for the royal family – at Windsor Castle, and though the Queen did not attend, she later joined Prince William and Camilla’s son for the religious blessing at St George’s Chapel.
The Queen also then hosted a reception in honour of the newly weds.
This year on her Platinum Jubilee, the Queen also announced that after her passing, Camilla would be called Queen.
In a message marking the 70th anniversary of her reign, the Queen detailed that it was her “sincere wish” that Camilla would become Queen consort, and therefore be referred to as Queen.
Camilla's jobs before marrying Prince Charles
Before her marriage to Prince Charles, Camilla worked a variety of jobs in London.
During the early 1960s, she became a secretary and worked for various different firms across London’s West End, though specific details of which firms are not publicly known.
During the same period she was employed as a receptionist by decorating firm Sibyl Colefax & John Fowler. The Duchess of Cornwall was fired from the job she held there for coming in late after being out partying the night before.
She was also a passionate horse rider and loved to paint so much that she hired a private tutor to help her improve, but admitted in 2014 that most of her work “ended up in the bin”.
The revelations came in a book called 'On The Fringe – A Life In Decorating', written by designer Imogen Taylor and was released in October 2016.
She was known at the time as the debutante Camilla Shand, worked alongside Imogen whilst trying to make it in the London business world.
Imogen, 90, told The Sunday Times: "There were lots of debutantes working for us, even Camilla. She worked for us for a moment but got the sack."
The writer also detailed that The Duchess of Cornwall once fell victim their bosses bad temper after coming in late after having been to a dance the night before.
Biographers have previously noted that Camilla was fond of partying on the London scene.
She was frequently photographed in her debutante year in 1965 after leaving a Swiss finishing school, at numerous parties with a string of eligible young men.
Camilla has recently become Guest Editor of Country Life magazine, where she will plan and oversee a special edition of the publication during the magazine’s 125th anniversary year, alongside performing her regular royal duties and engagements.
A documentary Camilla’s Country Life airs on Wednesday on ITV at 9pm.
Who is Camilla Parker Bowles?
The 70-year old was born on July 17, 1947, and was the eldest child of Major Bruce Shand and his wife Rosalind Cubitt.
She was previously married to Army Officer Andrew Parker Bowls, and they share two children together.
Her eldest son is called Tom, 43 followed by Laura, 40.
Camilla and Prince Charles have always been close friends, and Charles was actually her son’s Godfather prior to their marriage.
Their engagement was announced in 1973 in the Times, and they were married on July 3.
Camilla was 26 and Andrew was 33, and the wedding was attended by Princess Anne, the Queen Mother and Princess Margaret.
They announced their divorce in 1995, after reportedly living apart for two years, and Camilla went on to marry Prince Charles in April 2005.
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